Government Camp is a small town, located to the far north of the US Pacific Coastal state of Oregon. The town was named by settlers who came across a number of wagons abandoned by the Regiment of Mounted Riflemen, alongside what is now the US Route 26, just north of the interestingly named Tom, Dick and Harry Mountain. Often considered to be the gateway to the numerous ski-resorts to be found along the Cascade Mountain range, the town attracts a large number of tourists throughout the year. To cater for its steady influx of visitors, tourists spending their holidays in Government Camp will find that there is a good choice of self catering holiday rental accommodation available here. There are apartments and condos, as well as more rustic log cabins and cottages.
Lovers of the ‘Great Outdoors’ spending their holidays in Government Camp will find that there is always plenty to see and do here. Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy kayaking, boating or sailing in the waters of the region’s rivers and lakes, whilst nature lovers can discover the region’s indigenous wildlife in its forests and valleys. The foothills of the surrounding Cascade and Coastal Mountain Ranges are popular amongst abseiling and rock climbing enthusiasts, whilst the skiing resorts of Timberline Lodge and Mount Hood Skibowl are a popular attraction in the winter months. In complete contrast, the shopping malls and department stores of Salem and Portland are big draws for those visitors looking to indulge in a spot of retail therapy.
Visitors spending their holidays in Government Camp who are looking for more cultural attractions will find that the cities and towns of northern Oregon boast numerous historically and culturally fascinating landmarks and buildings. Oregon’s state capital, Salem, is home to the Capitol Building, which has been rebuilt three times since it was first founded in the mid 19th century. Also well worth visiting in Salem are Mission Mill Museum, Hallie Ford Museum of Art and the Prewitt-Allen Archaeological Museum. The larger city of Portland boasts such attractions as the Portland Art Museum and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Of course, both cities are attractive to shoppers, with their many modern malls, department stores and gift shops.
Visitors looking to spend their holidays in Government Camp will find that this part of Oregon has a temperate climate. Summers are generally warm and dry, with temperatures often reaching the early-thirties degrees Celsius. Winters are cooler, with temperatures averaging around 10 degrees Celsius. Government Camp receives an average annual precipitation of around 36 inches, much of which falling as snow in the winter months.
Tourists from the UK who are looking to spend their holidays in Government Camp can first fly to either Chicago-O’Hare (ORD) or Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) airports with British Airways, departing from London Heathrow (LHR). They will then take a connecting flight with United Express or Alaska Airlines to Portland International Airport (PDX).